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NAF TO ROCK INTO THE EARLY HOURS (article first published : 2008-06-2)

Plenty of late night entertainment is planned during the 2008 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (June 26 to July 5). Music and comedy on the Fringe programme will capture most of the late night revellers attention – check out the Fringe Booking Kit (available at Standard Bank branches and Computicket outlets nationwide) or the new Festival website (www.nationalartsfestival.co.za) for the full line-up.

Live and Kicking is comedy ‘unplugged’ – happening every night at 22h30 at the Scout Hall, this off-the-cuff laugh-fest will feature a minimum of three stand-up comedians, a house band, a bottle-brandishing ‘cocktails’ barman, and a whole lot of laughs. With MCs of the calibre of Mark Sampson, David Newton and Stuart Taylor, headliner comics such as Martin Evans, Rob van Vuuren and David Levinsohn, plus a gang of comedians from the Fringe Programme, Live and Kicking promises outstanding late night entertainment – but don’t count on getting up early the next morning!

The Cuervo Music Room, supported by 5FM, is also unveiled at the 2008 Fringe Festival – this atmospheric venue at the Rhodes Club has a line-up of contemporary rock, pop and jazz musicians second to none – The Dirty Skirts, Bed on Bricks, Flat Stanley, and (Stealing) Love Jones headline emerging contemporary SA bands in nightly concerts designed to get the blood pulsing. Howard Roark, 10 Points for the Dismount, The Stereotypes, New World Radio and Five Men Three Missing join in these ‘late & loud’ jam sessions – book now for Late @ The Cuervo Music Room.

Acoustics are cool at Die Taphuis where Old Mutual presents a who’s who of musical talent. Catch Evan Dando (of The Lemonheads), Syd Kitchen, Ntsiki Mazwai, Harris Tweed and the Soweto String Quartet, amongst others nightly in Old Mutual Acoustic Encounters.

Jazz features predominantly at the Fest and a series of late night Fringe Jazz concerts are planned at both Nombulelo Hall and the Cuervo Music Room as well at DSG for the main programme features with the nightly NYJF jam session. Featured artists include Dudu Manhenga & Colorblu, Four Fourty, Udaba Band, Ikhwezi Band, and the New Afroteens. Getting the audience into the mood at Nombulelo Hall are The Hustlers, Grahamstown’s own award-winning kwaito band.

Gallo Records introduce no less than five Afro-soul artists to Festival audiences. Catch up with Sliq Angel, Inner, Bongi Dube, Seed, and Valerie Kimani in Gallo’s Heart of Afro Soul on July 3, 4 and 5 only!

At the Bowling Club, Centrestage pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Josh Grogan and The Folk Lords (Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and others). Don’t miss the Centrestage Extravaganza – their Fest Finale on July 5.

The Late Nite Dance Show by Afrika Ablaze sizzles with innuendo – from All that Jazz to belly dancing cabaret – this variety dance performance is a must for Festinos looking for some first-class light escapism.

For film junkies, the Grindhouse series of movies will hit the spot – playing late into the night with film classics such as Darrel Roodt’s Dracula 3000, Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, Jean Luc Godard’s Alphaville, Cognition Factor (new SA film) and SMS Sugarman by Aryan Kaganof.

The daytime slots are jam-packed, too! So pick up a free Booking Kit at your nearest Standard Bank Branch or Computicket outlet and let the good times roll – in Grahamstown – where else?

26 June to 5 July 2008. Visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za or call 046 603 1103 for more info.

The National Arts Festival is proudly supported by The Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, SABC and The National Arts Council. For further information contact 046 603 1103 or visit the website www.nationalartsfestival.co.za




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